HE’S become one of the most controversial politicians of recent years, and now many teachers are breathing a sigh of relief after Michael Gove left his position as education secretary.
He has become David Cameron’s chief whip and has been replaced by Treasury minister Nicky Morgan in the prime minister’s first major shake-up at the highest levels of government.
Amanda Martin is the secretary for the Portsmouth branch of the National Union of Teachers.
She said: ‘My initial response is “great”.
‘The profession and parents have had enough of him.
‘He’s brought in free schools, academies and curriculum changes without any research.’
And Ms Martin said she welcomes a new face for education.
‘It leaves it open now. It’s a welcome breath of fresh air.
‘But we have to be realistic – we are still dealing with a coalition government.
‘But there were some Conservatives who didn’t agree with Michael Gove’s policies.
‘This has to be a positive step.
‘We are always looking on the brighter side of things.
‘It’s a new personality who hopefully will be listening.’
She added: ‘If she talks to us she will do more than Mr Gove has done.’